Outdoor Living – Patio Cover Options

patio coverOutdoor living and patio cover options add an entertainment area that can be used year around. They often include a grill, seating, a covered patio area, possibly a fireplace or fire pit and in many instances casual dining areas.

Patios

Patio covers are common with fully roofed outdoor spaces, allowing customers to choose from a traditionally attached covering or a free-standing structure. Outdoor kitchens might include anything from basic grills to extravagant, chef-grade styles with high-end ranges complete with a grill, refrigerators and ice makers to make outdoor entertaining fun and easy for everyone. On those warm summer days, patio coverings with high-volume outdoor ceiling fans can pay off tremendously. 

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What are Some Common Roof Materials Used?

An important thing to consider when it comes to patio cover options is to use good quality roofing materials if your cover is to be solid. Of course, weather always plays a large role in installing a patio, no matter where you live.

If you live in an area that experiences severe storms or intense heat, a strong structure that is well built and sturdy roofing materials will be important. It’s also important to blend if not match the materials on your home. Unless the patio cover ties directly into the existing roof of your home, then a roof material that is similar is OK as long as it will hold up to the climate conditions. Some different options in roofing materials might range anywhere from shingles to wood shake shingles.

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Arbors and Pergolas

Arbors, also known as Pergolas, allow a homeowner with an outdoor kitchen to experience an earthy, airy feeling to your outdoor area. While they can differ from your usual patio coverings, they can ensure a shady, open-aired outdoor kitchen. Arbors can be priced at a reasonable cost depending on the size, style, and materials you choose. The use of an arbor or pergola is to allow for a shaded outdoor area, which can be installed to give a modern or vintage look to a patio.pergola patio cover

Even in a small yard, a pergola or patio cover can help to define a space and set them apart. These structures maximize the square footage by utilizing vertical space, drawing the eye upward and giving your outdoor spaces a sense of importance and grandeur. With a covering, you also increase the usefulness of the space available to you, making it into something that can be used in any weather. Often such a structure declares that your small yard was a choice, rather than a burden.

Use Visual Tricks

Optical illusions are a decorator’s secret weapon when dealing with small outdoor spaces. There are many visual tricks that you can bring out-of-doors to fool the eye into thinking this space is bigger than it really is. Here are a few ideas for small outdoor spaces:

  • A design on the diagonal. Using the diagonal makes space look bigger. For small patios, placing paving tiles on the diagonal will create an optical illusion that effectively stretches the space. A diagonal path can also make your outdoor living space look larger since it is longer.
  • Use perspective to your advantage. Forget about curved, meandering paths. In a small space, this will only serve to emphasize how few curves the path can make before it runs out of space. Instead, use straight lines and paths, especially with something at the end to draw the eye. This will fool the brain into thinking something is larger than it actually is.
  • Draw the eye to the foreground. It may sound counter-intuitive, but sometimes the best approach is not to draw the eye to the background, but to make the foreground more interesting. Vivid colors, dramatic landscaping, and a focal point such as attractive furniture or a fountain will relegate everything else to background, causing the space to look larger.

Choose wisely based on your plans for using the space, appearance, and budget, to ensure you get the best-quality option for your particular goals and the money that you plan to invest in it. Whether it is a full outdoor living space, a patio cover or pergola when can help your dream become a reality.

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